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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I am a part of the track team and it is a huge advantage to life on the Hill. Being on a team is super important to social life. Some of the teams are really good, some are sub-par. It's cool to go to a small school where you actually know the other athletes too.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Holy Cross has a lot of pride for athletics, so the games are fun to go to.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Facilities could definitely use some work. Athletes definitely have it a lot better in terms of weight room and exercising facilities but even those could use work too. Soccer, hockey, and basketball are big on campus, but other than that sporting events aren't that huge of a deal.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I am not sure how popular athletics are on campus, but I know students participate in them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Pretty decent, except the actual attendance to sporting events is usually pretty low. Most of the excitement for these events is around the pre game.

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There is no question that basketball is the most popular sport on campus. Holy Cross is in the Patriot League, the champion of which is guaranteed a place in the NCAA tournament. Although Holy Cross hasn’t won the tournament since 1948, the school is now focusing on strengthening both its men’s and women’s programs. Football is also popular, but it’s mostly about the tailgating. Although Holy Cross hasn’t fielded a competitive team in about 30 years, alumni flock to football games and tend to stick around for the first half—while there is still a chance of a Crusader victory—and leave once defeat is imminent.

Club and intramural sports at Holy Cross are somewhat spotty, and generally operate on student interest. The men’s rugby team, a stalwart club sport, was disbanded in fall 2003 for a period of five years. Other club teams vary in activity—although most dormant teams can easily be re-started by a few enterprising students. Many of the club sports, which are run out of the Student Programs office and not affiliated with the Athletic Department, also function as intramural leagues. Unofficial, though popular, intramural organizations include basketball and softball leagues, which generally spring up every so often. Enterprising groups of students often play touch football on the Hart lawn, too.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Nickname
The Crusader
Men Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 29%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
301 - 20%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Equestrian (coed)
  • Figure skating
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Sailing (coed)
  • Skiing (coed)
  • Soccer (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
  • Basketball (men's, women's)
  • Floor hockey (coed)
  • Softball (coed)
  • Tennis (coed)
  • Touch Football (men's)
  • Volleyball (coed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
The Hart Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football (men's and women's)
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, hockey
School Spirit
Holy Cross has a lot of school spirit. There's even one day a year-Purple Pride Day-that's dedicated to enlivening school spirit. School spirit is most evident at athletic events, particularly football and basketball games. Holy Cross's every-other-year away football game at Harvard always attracts a large Crusader crowd. The bleachers at basketball games are usually filled with a sea of students wearing purple T-shirts. Most students sport at least one garment of Holy Cross garb-usually either a sweatshirt of a baseball hat. For a small school, Holy Cross has tons of spirit.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be purchased the day of the game for football and basketball, unless the game is particularly important. In cases such as this, ticket reservations can be made. Tickets are generally free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Try the Hill workout. Walk from the bottom of campus at Fitton Field all the way to the top at the Hart Center.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 46% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 34 responses

  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 44% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 39% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 36% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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